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Archive for June, 2008

Get Out and Pay

16th June 2008 by michael
advertising | animation | commerce | ephemera | stop motion | video | viral

Get Out and Play
Get Out and Play (2008, 36.9MB, 1:25 min)

Somebody called Donna sends us a mail ‘writing from a Nokia sponsored blog’.
Donna, kind soul that she is, thought
‘With your stop motion background we thought you might have a
different take on the video than the gamers and
tech bloggers who might normally watch the video’

Aw..bless her!
Nothing to do, then, with trying to use as us a part of an attempted
“virality” strategy ( don’t get us wrong, we’re impressed dvblog even
appears on these folks’ radar)
So..watch the movie..it’s good.
There’s stuff to be learned here, no doubt -
not least that the corporate vultures can clearly buy in time and talent;
but how much better a world it would be if the silly amounts of cash it
clearly cost to make this just went straight to fund new work by artists…

Movies both Made By & Starring Brittany Shoot

13th June 2008 by michael
arts | community | Lumière | observational | portraiture | silent | video

Art Model
Art Model [AHP] (2008, 4MB, 56 secs, silent)

Burger King
Burger King [BS] (2008, 22.4MB, 1:02 min, silent)

Meeting from Above
Meeting from Above [BS] (2008, 28.7MB, 59 secs, silent)

Pole [AHP] (2008, 4.39MB, 55 secs, silent)

Sour Candy
Sour Candy [AHP] (2008, 3.58MB, 46 secs, silent)

Five Lumières, two by DVblog’s own Brittany Shoot and three by
Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen with Brittany in the starring role.
They’re all great, but in particular I love the Meeting from Above piece
which is extraordinarily rich in color & incident in the kind of micro
observational way that the Lumières encapsulate.
In fact if Brakhage hadn’t got to it first, in a somewhat
grimmer context, The Act of Seeing with One’s Own Eyes would make a
tremendous motto for the Lumière project…

Interview with Cory Arcangel

12th June 2008 by doron
arts | community | documentary | interview | new media art | portraiture | technology | video

Interview with Cory Arcangel (2004, 8MB, 3:35 min.)

A 2004 Interview with Cory Arcangel by Seth Thompson.

On Database Driven Movies – Interview with Lev Manovich

11th June 2008 by doron
arts | cinema | community | conceptual | documentary | education | experimental | interview | movie making | new media art | technology | video

Interview with Lev Manovich (excerpt) (2006, 8.8 MB, 4:23 min.)

Lev Manovich is a Professor in Visual Arts Department, University
of California -San Diego and the author of The Language of New Media
which is hailed as


10th June 2008 by michael
activism | arts | community | documentary arts | education | trailer

Africalls Trailer
Africalls Trailer (2008, 23.3MB, 1:57 min)

If this rather lovely trailer is anything to go by then Africalls
the movie proper, by director Pere Ortin Andres, will display a pretty high level of visual
sensitivity to its subject matter -art & artists from urban centers of Africa.
(And I can’t help feeling something visually so good is also going to be truthful &
meticulous in its account of the artists and their context. A hunch, but I bet I’m not wrong.)

Apparently it’s tied in with a book & exhibition too. Strikes me all three would be well worth
Here’s the website.

David Yun

9th June 2008 by brittany
arts | conceptual | documentary arts | narrative | portraiture | video

David Yun – A Taste of Home (2007, 4.9MB, 2:19)

When David Yun went home to care for his terminally
ill mother, he found himself as disconnected and
alienated from his small hometown as he had always
been. Clip from Yun’s seven and a half minute video.
Beautiful footage and a voice-over that never becomes
too precious or pretentious.
Strangely (or perhaps not), I have family from
that exact small town, Livonia, Michigan, USA, a Detroit

The Vasulkas: Pioneers & Magicians

6th June 2008 by michael
animation | arts | experimental | historical | observational | performance | portraiture | remix/mashup | satire | video

Violin Power (clip, 1978, 2.1MB, 1:17 min)

The Vasulkas, husband & wife team Woody & Steina,
have devoted over thirty years to an intensive exploration
of the possibilities of electronic image making.

Three from Fred Muram

5th June 2008 by brittany
arts | ephemera | humor | video

Fred Muram – Brownout (2006, 1.4MB, 0:38)

Fred Muram – Three Hands Feeding Me Garbage (2005, 804KB, 0:21)

Fred Muram – Still Scared of Needles (2008, 1MB, 0:27)

Three very short, very endearing works from Fred Muram,
commentary on culture and mass media, consumption, and
physical appearance.

best way to take cialis

A lot can be said in under 40 seconds.

Lee Walton – Experientialism

4th June 2008 by michael
arts | conceptual | documentary arts | experimental | humor | observational | performance | portraiture | satire | serial | sports | video


Me and Rubyfruit

3rd June 2008 by brittany
arts | conceptual | documentary arts | experimental | film | historical | narrative

Sadie Benning – Me and Rubyfruit (1990, 24.9MB, 5:40)

Classically beautiful and poignant video-diary-esque
early work from the innovative Sadie Benning. Me
and Rubyfruit, a reinterpretation of Rita Mae Brown’s
Rubyfruit Jungle
, finds Benning lamenting the limitations
of being a young lesbian woman in modern culture.
Roughly sixteen when she made this piece, it was shot
on a Fisher-Price Pixelvision 2000 camera, making the
intense grainy footage all the more raw.